Charlotte's Web Worksheets

What is this book about?

Charlotte's Web is one of the children's classics, and there is so much that a person can learn from the book. Charlotte's Web is a classic children's novel by E.B. White, published in 1952, with illustrations by Garth Williams. The widely read tale takes place on a farm and concerns a pig named Wilbur and his devoted friend Charlotte, the spider who manages to save his life by writing about him in her web. The idea of the entire book revolves around the importance of friendship and why it is necessary to keep your loved ones close by. Fern's love for Wilbur saved him, and Charlotte taught Wilbur how to make and be a friend. Charlotte's life had a purpose because she saved his life and made him happy. The meaning and satisfaction of friendship are one of the greatest joys of life.

Essay Question and Vocabulary

Write an instruction manual describing the detailed steps involved in caring for a pet such as a dog, cat or pig. Please use full sentences that create 3 to 5 well-organized paragraphs.

Discussion Questions

How is friendship between Wilbur and Charlotte the same and/or different from the friendship between Wilbur and Fern?


Provide a definition for each vocabulary word.

Chapter 1

Mr. Arable says that one of the newborn pigs is a runt. What is a runt?

A Taste of Freedom

Why are all the animals on the farm interested in Wilbur's escape?

A New Friend

At the end of Chapter 4, a voice offers to be Wilbur's friend. What does the voice promise him, and why can’t Wilbur sleep?


The goose says that Wilbur is very innocent because he doesn’t know what's going to happen to him around Christmastime. What’s going to happen?

Read | Write | Define

Explain the meaning of all these words.

The Words in the Web

Why does Charlotte tell Wilbur that it "doesn't make a particle of difference" whether or not he's actually terrific when she decides to write the word into her web?

Cast of Characters

Draw a picture of the four main characters in the story. Write their names a few lines to describe each one of them.

Do Animals Talk?

Do you believe that animals talk? Do you have a pet that you communicate with? Write about an experience you have had with an animal. What happened? If you don’t have a personal experience to write about, write about what you think would happen if you could talk to an animal. Draw a picture of the animal.

The Fair

What does the old sheep tell Wilbur to do when he is being loaded into his crate?

The Fair Comes To A Close

Look up the word languishing in the dictionary. What does it mean?

Be Charlotte For A Day

Find six different "big" words that you like. Write each word in a web. Write the definition of each word underneath the web. Try to use each of your words at least once today.


Write an acrostic poem about Templeton the rat. For each letter, write words or phrases relating to Templeton that begins with the letter on that line.

What Are They Saying?

An organizer for your thoughts on this.

Spider Writing

Pretend that you are Charlotte, and you want to share a message about someone that you care about. "Weave" your message into the spiderweb below. Be prepared to share it with the class.

Vocabulary Words

Match each word to its definition.